Residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Denise Krepp want to know why crime is spiking in their area and if a low prosecution rate is to blame. Hundreds of residents gathered last month for an anti-crime meeting. Officials were unable to provide any information about the prosecution rate, so Krepp filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Justice. The answers, however, will be costly: $40 an hour for potentially hundreds of hours of research.
In response, the determined residents came up with a creative way to raise the needed funds—a bake sale. “I want to know why we have criminals on the street when they should be locked up,” Krepp told NBC 4. “But if you have no idea how many cases you’ve prosecuted, then you have no idea what the crime level is in Washington, D.C. And if you don’t, who does?”
Chicago Mayor Sacks His Police Chief In Desperation To Duck Criticism
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy Tuesday in what many say is a cynical, desperate attempt to dodge blame for the Chicago Police Department’s long history of corruption, misconduct and public unaccountability—not to mention the city’s skyrocketing violent crime rates—all of which represent the mayor’s, and not just the police chief’s, failures.
What apparently triggered McCarthy’s termination was the public release of video showing the October 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, and the public outrage that followed.
Although McCarthy’s termination may placate some critics, others say the larger problem is Emanuel himself. As the Chicago Tribunepointed out, as mayor, Emanuel tried to block public release of the McDonald shooting video, and even sought to quash language in the court record that alluded to a “code of silence” surrounding police misconduct.
Martin O’Malley Raps (Yes, Really) About Hatred Of Guns
In news that is sure to disturb both gun owners and hip hop fans, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley appeared on the satirical interview series “Off the Record” and rapped about his hatred of guns. “The NRA hates me ‘cause I don’t like guns,” he recited from a paper the hosts gave him. “Guns, guns, guns, I don’t like them guns.”
That’s approximately the same level of nuance with which he has approached gun issues throughout his career: O’Malley appears to be basing his entire campaign at this point on his opposition to the NRA. As his increasingly dismal polling scores indicate, citing his extreme distance from a popular civil-rights organization may not have been the brightest strategy. But with a little practice, maybe he has a future in the music industry.
Kimber To Sponsor NRA News Commentators
The National Rifle Association has announced that Kimber America is the new presenting sponsor of the successful online video series, Commentators on NRA News.
Launched in 2013, Commentators has grown into a collection of more than 100 commentary videos, with notable personalities from the gun-rights movement posing questions and arguments on hot topics surrounding the Second Amendment. Kimber America’s sponsorship will continue to propel the series with videos featuring popular Second Amendment advocate Colion Noir, veteran Navy SEAL Dom Raso, and popular TV and radio host Dana Loesch. All three commentators come with ample firearms experience, knowledge and a determination to stand and fight for the truth.
It sounded like a solid plan. Stake out hotels, pose as a plumber to get into guest rooms, and then rob the guest after gaining entrance to their room. All good except for one thing: Be sure to know who you are robbing.
In the case of the criminal disguised as a plumber at Colorado’s Hotel Elegante, the plan was working perfectly. His convincing act enabled him to get inside a room. After the door was closed, he pulled his hoodie over his head and displayed a knife. Unfortunately for the would-be robber, though, the guest in this instance was an off-duty soldier—an off-duty soldier with a gun.
Knife-wielding Phillip McCoy, 43, was no match for the soldier, who quickly subdued McCoy and held him down on the floor until police arrived. Officers confirmed McCoy was not a hotel employee and he was arrested on suspicion of burglary.